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“Jim Moore: Midcoast Correspondent” from the Penobscot Marine Museum, On Exhibit in the Picker Room Gallery

Tuesday, April 2 Tuesday, April 30

The exhibit “Jim Moore: Midcoast Correspondent” from the Penobscot Marine Museum will be on view in the Picker Room Gallery at the Camden Public Library during Maritime Month this April.*

Join PMM Digital Curator Matt Wheeler for an illustrated talk at Camden Library on Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 PM. The presentation will explore Moore’s life and work as a denizen of Midcoast Maine.

Steel “boom jumper” No. 35 being launched by crane for sea trials on April 18, 1952 at Rockland’s General Foods Shipyard.  Photo by Jim Moore

As a child, Jim Moore had the opportunity to visit a noted news photographer’s darkroom, which sparked a lifelong interest in cameras and photography. In 1940, he moved to Rockland with his new bride, Cecile, where he became Correspondent Reporter/Photographer for the Portland Press Herald’s Rockland office, and represented other Gannett Publishing papers in Maine. During his career, he distinguished himself as a photojournalist, receiving local and national awards for his work. He worked with fellow Midcoast photographers Kosti Ruohomaa and Carroll Thayer Berry to publish Maine Coastal Portrait in 1959. Moore died in 2001.  The Penobscot Marine Museum was able to acquire nearly 2000 of his large format negatives in 2022; these images are predominantly maritime-themed. The lion’s share of his archive resides at the Rockland Historical Society. The two institutions have joined forces to create this exhibit of Moore’s maritime photographs. The show was guest-curated by Maine wooden boat expert Maynard Bray.

The Camden Public Library carries on its Maritime Month tradition this April by featuring a month-long exhibit, “Jim Moore: Midcoast Correspondent,” from the Penobscot Marine Museum and hosting a series of themed programs. Join us in celebrating our maritime heritage!

The Camden Public Library is grateful to the Penobscot Marine Museum for the opportunity to host this exhibit during Maritime Month.

*The Picker Room hosts meetings and library events and is not always open for viewing. Please call ahead or check our website calendar to see what’s happening daily.